What is Community Benefit?

Community Benefit includes programs and services that provide treatment and/or promote health and healing in response to identified community needs. For St. Joseph Health (SJH), Community Benefit is an essential part of our mission: to extend the healing ministry of Jesus in the tradition of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange by continually improving the health and quality of life of the people in the communities we serve.

For more than 100 years, SJH has been a leader in addressing unmet needs in the communities we serve. Learn More.

Our core values call us to be collaborative in our work and committed to social justice in all we do. This is embodied in two of our four core values:

  • Service (We bring people together who recognize that every interaction is a unique opportunity to serve one another, the community and society)
  • Justice (We advocate for systems and structures that are attuned to the needs of the vulnerable and disadvantaged, and that promote a sense of community among all persons). Our Community Benefit work stems from these essential commitments.

What counts as Community Benefit?
The program or activity must address an identified community need* and meet at least one of the following objectives:

  • Improve access to care
  • Enhance the health of the community
  • Advance medical health care knowledge, or
  • Relieve or reduce the burden of government or other community efforts to improve health

Community Benefit includes:

  • Patient financial assistance
  • Government-sponsored means-tested programs; unpaid costs of public programs
  • Community health improvement services
  • Health professions education
  • Subsidized health services
  • Research
  • Cash and in-kind contributions
  • Community building activities
  • Community Benefit operations

What doesn’t count as Community Benefit?

Programs or activities that don’t count as community benefit include the following:

  • Provided primarily for marketing purposes
  • Standard practices expected of all hospitals (activities required for accreditation, licensure,
  • participation in Medicare, etc.)
  • Primarily benefit the hospital, not the community
  • Restricted to hospital employees and/or affiliated physicians

For more information, please email us at communitybenefit@stjoe.org

*IRS Instructions for Schedule H say that community need may be demonstrated through: + A community health needs assessment developed or accessed by the organization. + Documentation that demonstrated community need or a request from a public agency or community group was the basis for initiating or continuing the activity or program.
+ The involvement of unrelated, collaborative tax-exempt or government organizations as partners in the activity or program.